In 1967 Dr. Christian Barnard shocked the medical world by performing the world’s first heart transplant, replacing a diseased heart with one from an organ donor. Amazing as it was at the time, the surgery is now fairly commonplace.
The human heart is an amazing piece of engineering. About the size of a fist, it pumps out blood to every part of the body. And this it does without ceasing for a lifetime. As we grow older, however, it can become diseased and weaken: hence open-heart surgeries and even transplants are required.
The Bible uses the heart to depict the seat of man’s will and emotions. Sadly, the will of man is diseased and depraved by sin. He needs a spiritual heart transplant.
Thousands of years before the modern focus on heart surgery the prophet Ezekiel received a promise from God that is good news for the most depraved of sinners, “a new heart also I will give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”
When the Lord saves our souls He gives us the heart transplant that we need. This means for us new life, eternal life. It also means a new purpose in life for His promise to Ezekiel continues, “I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Here is the secret of a changed life. It is by the power of the indwelling Spirit that we are enabled to keep God’s law. It is now written on our hearts. Physical transplants do not always work, but when God gives a new heart it lasts for eternity.